Dealing with ammonia in cloth diapers

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Jack “helping” with the diaper laundry

 

Ever since Jack became a toddler, we have been dealing with ammonia issues in our cloth diapers… Thankfully nothing bad ever happened like him getting a rash from it, but the diapers smelled really strongly right after he peed in them, although they smelled clean out of the washer. Our favorite diapers¬†are these Bumgenius 4.0s which we use with organic cotton inserts (after having tried wool and giving up because you can’t really launder them).

Here is a list of everything I tried (unsuccessfully) to fix the ammonia issue:

  • Different eco friendly detergents like Rockin Green (and their special ammonia bouncer), Molly’s suds, and Eco spouts
  • Boiling all my diapers on the stove
  • Using Oxygen bleach
  • Bac-out stain remover
  • Soaking the diapers for 1 hour to overnight
  • Doing extra rinses
  • Running inserts through the dishwasher on high heat (!)
  • Sunning them
  • Tea tree oil added to the wash

On facebook groups I often saw people saying that non-eco friendly detergents worked better, but my family has super sensitive skin, so I was thinking about it but ended up not trying it.

The solution I ended up using when I found some at my dad’s house and decided to try it was sadly: horribly un-eco-friendly Bleach! I saw that they had it so I figured at least I wouldn’t be buying a whole bottle of something toxic, and I put in about 1/4 cup with the wash cycle, and it completely worked. Plus, the inserts were so bright white which I never got with all the eco friendly methods (not that it matters how diaper inserts look). I was obviously sad that I had to end up using something so bad for the environment and possibly your health, but I made sure to do extra rinses to get it out, and Jack didn’t have any reaction to the diapers. Hopefully we won’t have to use it again too soon!

Jack has been doing great with letting us know he needs to poop on the potty at 19 months now, but with peeing he still often prefers to play and doesn’t want to go to the bathroom. Hopefully by the time he is 2 we can get him signaling for pees more often and I can stop doing laundry every few days!

Eco-friendly pregnancy tests

 

Have you ever thought about how much excess plastic is involved in a normal pregnancy test and wondered if there were other options? When I was trying to save money instead of paying at least $4 per test at CVS, I saw that you can buy just the test strips online, like on amazon.com for .50 cents per test! It’s way more eco friendly and uses less plastic, and is super cheap for people like me who want to take tests often because I’m too impatient to wait until I miss my period when they would be 99% accurate.

The ones I linked to are even as sensitive as those super early tests that give results 6 days before your missed period! They have been accurate for me so far too, but you can always have a backup of another brand if you want to double check occasionally. They are really easy to use too, and while they are pretty narrow strips, they are several inches long so you can dip them in easily.

I haven’t tried them, but they also sell ovulation test strips which sounds great since you often need to use a bunch of those per cycle.